I’m desperate and destitute when Lockwood Construction rolls into my small town with an offer too good to pass up: high wages to any able-bodied man willing to join their crew.

Say no more. I throw on baggy clothes, tuck my long hair under a baseball hat, and apply for a job. Unfortunately, my half-baked idea of disguising myself as a guy is flawed from the beginning. As Shakira says, these hips don’t lie.

Still, I like to think I might have pulled the whole thing off save for one thing:

I know my boss.

Last month, we met at a bar, and after a fiery first encounter, it seems we’re destined to be sworn enemies.

Ethan Stone is ruthless and arrogant, a man I never would have crossed had I known how much he likes to toy with his prey.

He should just fire me and be done with it. Instead, he decides to make me his personal slave. Oh right, I think they’re calling it personal “assistant” these days.

It’s torture, all of it—his bad attitude, his ruggedly chiseled face, his desire to grind me into dust.

Every one of our friction-filled battles burns hotter than the last.

A girl can only hold out for so long. Soon, I’m bound to go up in flames.

My objective? Survive the heat long enough to send home a paycheck.

My real objective? Stop having X-rated fantasies about my coldhearted boss.


Coldhearted Boss left me with lukewarm feelings.


The beginning did not grab me
The heroine Taylor leads a tough life. She is poor, supports her family, has a deadbeat job and needs money. One night, she is sitting in a bar and drowning in her sorrows, when she notices the hero Ethan noticing her. She thinks he wants a one night stand. She’s interested even though she’s never had one. Turns out, he wasn’t looking for a one night stand, and was just worried after seeing her. But, then she kisses him and they’re about to have a one night stand when she decides to steal his wallet instead. After stealing it, she changes her mind in the last minute and leaves the wallet with the bartender who steals the money, and returns an empty wallet to Ethan who thinks that it was Taylor who did it.

I found this whole scenario to be bizarre.

I did not feel the chemistry
When the hero joins her in the washroom to check if she’s fine (That was just ridiculous, by the way. Who even does that?) the first night they meet, the heroine decides to distract herself from her problems by impulsively seducing him. The moment the hero joined her, I found myself looking forward the chemistry and the sparks. But I did not feel any of it. I did not find the chemistry convincing for the rest of the book, too.

Not funny
The rom-com did not make me laugh. R S Grey’s books usually make me laugh. This one did not. The part where Taylor tries to look like a man to get a job did not amuse me as I thought it would.

Heroine was all high and mighty
I don’t like heroines who are in the wrong but still act all high and mighty. Taylor, instead of trying to misunderstandings and make things better with Ethan, instead goes on butting heads with him. Okay, you might have decided to not steal his money in the end, but you did steal his wallet! I felt like we were supposed to feel sorry for her but she just annoyed me more times than not.

What’s with all the misunderstandings?
At one point, these two start to live in the same tent and still continue to harbor all kinds of misunderstandings and miscommunicate with each other. That annoyed me to no end!

The romance wasn’t developed
These two feel hatred and attraction towards each other for no proper reason for a long time, until Ethan out of nowhere realizes he loves her and the have sex and then she shares all her problems with her and then everything is all sunshine. Meh.

My favorite R. S. Grey book is “Arrogant Devil”. I was reminded of that book a lot while reading this one. I felt that this was a weaker version of that book.

This is not the first book by the author which unimpressed me, and it probably won’t be the last. But I always look forward to her books because they always make me laugh. And that’s probably another reason I didn’t like this book because I felt she just wasn’t in her element here. I’m hoping that she will find her groove back with her next release!





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